SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION PASTORS’ CONFERENCE
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
JUNE 12-13, 2016
COUNTDOWN TO ST. LOUIS
The 2016 Pastors’ Conference of the SBC is not simply a preachers’ conference—it’s a pastors’ conference rooted in Paul’s words from 2 Tim. 4:5-6 as the basis for our theme, “Live This!” Two years ago, God did a radical thing in my heart with the Gospel. It began with personal conviction. God overwhelmed me with a call and conviction to believe He could change the world with the Gospel, as well as with the realization that He’d given me abundant resources. He spoke first to me, “You will live this,” and used 2 Timothy 4:5 to show that a primary pastoral calling in Scripture was to equip our people to share their faith. Since 2013, God has allowed me to equip more than 550 witnesses for Christ, and today our church is more Gospel-centered than ever. We’re radically impacting those around us. Many pastors are feeling the void of ministry that will only be fulfilled by the Gospel priority. I believe you cannot lead it until you live it, and I’m a different pastor because I’ve learned to live it.
As pastors, we hold an incredibly important role of leadership. As leaders go, so goes the church. As the church goes, so goes the convention. Pastors are key. While all of us in the church have important roles, the pastor’s role is primary. The Apostle Paul acknowledged this as he exhorted Timothy in 2 Tim. 4:5, “But you, be sober, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” If we have a great conference but fail to engage and radically encourage, challenge, and equip the hearts of pastors, we will have failed—and I do not believe we will fail.
There is a sense of anticipation—a sense of change in the air around us. We need change. We need transformation and revival. We need to radically pursue the Gospel calling. It’s the one thing that puts us all in one silo together no matter how many differences we think we have. Will you pray for pastors and churches as never before? Will you join us in St. Louis and bring others with you? Will you help change the world with the Gospel? The Gospel has changed me. Join me in St. Louis!